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Positive outlook for pome fruit growers

Cape Fire pear

Positive outlook for pome fruit growers

According to a recent statement from Hortgro, a normal pome fruit season is anticipated for the 2020 season – which is good news for local fruit growers.

Hortgro’s statement reads:

“With good 2019 winter rain, many of the growers are able to prepare a good crop. In general, colour development and pack-outs look promising at this stage. Only the early pears sizing and colouring has been negatively affected by the heatwave experienced during mid-January 2020.

An increase in most apple crop varieties will be seen in 2020. This is due to young orchards coming into production as well as the Ceres region returning to a normal crop. A 6% increase is estimated for apples but pear exports are estimated to be on down 3% compared to the previous season.”

Pome fruit export estimate (12.5 kg equivalent cartons):

Pome fruit estimate 2019/2020

We asked Delecta’s Pome Fruit Category Manager, Gert Marais, to give us some more insight on the matter:


SA Table Grape Estimate for 2019/2020 season

SA Table Grape Estimate for 2019/2020 season

As the South African table grape season is well underway, our team has a look at the latest crop estimates and what it means for our producers and buyers.

The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) recently released the 2nd Crop Estimate* for the 2019/2020 season. Figures indicated a lower estimate of between 59,55 million and 66,3 million cartons (4,5 kg equivalents) – exclusively caused by significantly lower volumes from the Northern Provinces region.

This summer rainfall region was hit with unusual continuous rains during its peak harvesting period, and a crop volume reduction of 1,5 million cartons from the 1st estimate released in October is estimated for the region, as follows:


Delecta Fruit aces IFS Broker Audit

Delecta Fruit aces IFS Broker Audit

We are proud to announce that we recently achieved a 100% score in our IFS Broker Audit. This makes Delecta Fruit the first South African fruit export company to achieve this result. 

“I am extremely proud of our team for obtaining 100% during our recent audit, as this took utmost dedication and hard work. As we strive for excellence in every aspect of our business, we are grateful for moments like these and we celebrate them as small victories. This gives us confirmation that we are on track with our strategy,” says Van Heerden Coetzee, Head of Technical at Delecta.

IFS Broker is a standard which was created to ensure the safety and quality of products that fill the gap between production and distribution. Trading partners expect Delecta to communicate their product requirements to suppliers and that these specifications will be understood and implemented accordingly. 

The standard evaluates the engaged parties to ensure that they have implemented appropriate measures in their service, to ensure that their suppliers operate in accordance with product safety and quality requirements.

Delecta is also expected to monitor their supplier’s compliance with these issues to ensure that the supplied products meet regulatory and contractual specifications.

“This certification provides Delecta with several benefits, including competitive advantage in a highly competitive market, improved business reputation as a broker of high-quality and safe products, due diligence defence, monitoring of compliance with food regulations, and improved understanding between management and staff related to standards and procedures – to name just a few”, continues Coetzee

IFS Broker audits are carried out by qualified auditors of independent accredited and approved certification bodies. The standard includes the following topics:

  • Senior management responsibility
  • Quality and product safety management system
  • Resource management
  • Planning and services process
  • Measurements, analysis, improvements
  • Product defence


Delecta Fruit’s IFS Team: Left to right: Awie de Jager (Managing Director),  Cobie van Zyl (Key Account Manager), Mari Falck (Market Access Manager), Van Heerden Coetzee (Head of Technical), Anneke Huysamen (Logistics Manager), Lindi-Nicole White (Key Account Manager), Leon Pienaar (Key Account Manager). Team members not included in the photograph: Bryan Hughes (Key Account Manager), Nelleke van Niekerk (Market Access Coordinator).


Protea Farm – Bloom where you are planted

Protea Farm – Bloom where you are planted

Over the last 30 years, Protea Farm in the famous KOO valley has been synonymous with tractor excursions up the Langeberg Mountain, beautiful farm accommodation and delicious potjiekos. 

However, due to the icy cold winter climate, this tourism gem is also a working packhouse and fruit farm of 25 ha – consisting of pome and stone fruit, grown for the export market.

Owner, Pierre Burger is an inspiration to us at Delecta, and we are proud to have him as one of our producers. 

We recently caught up with Burger to find out more about their farming production in the Klein Karoo and his secret to success in the face of trying weather conditions.

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